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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. Florian Catholic Church

City: Hamtramck

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: Michaelmas

Brief Description of Subject: Each sacristy window contains symbols of the most important days celebrated throughout the liturgical year which starts with Advent. This is the 16th window in this series and contains the symbols for Michaelmas which is celebrated on September 29th. The word "Michaelmas" was derived from the Old English words "Michaeles Maesse" which means "Michael's Mass" -- the Michael referred to is Michael the Archangel. Michael is symbolized with: WINGS --- scriptural passages identify him as an angel, for example in Jude1:9 he is identified as "Michael the archangel", SCALES -- traditionally at the Last Judgment Michael weighs souls based on their life on earth, SWORD with a SNAKE crawling down into FLAMES OF FIRE comes from Rev.12:7-9 (synopsis) War broke out in heaven; Michael defeated the dragon, that ancient snake called the devil or Satan, and casted him out of heaven down to earth. Satan's place is now hell, a place of fire.

Inscriptions: MICHAELMAS

Height: ~6.5'

Width: 18"


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